On 22nd April 1995, more than 4,000 Rwandans were massacred and thousands more injured in a place called Kibeho. Terry Pickard, a seasoned soldier and medic, was one of a 32-strong force of Australian UN peacekeepers present on that terrible Saturday. While the United Nations prevented a higher death toll, the massacre continues to haunts him.
Terry Pickard was born in Sydney, in 1959. He enlisted into the Army in 1978 joining the Medical Corps with the aim to focus his military career on assisting and training others in preference over inflicting harm. Terry’s military service spanned nearly 20 years and his postings and tours were numerous and his awards significant. Upon completion of his medical orderly course his postings included; 1st Australian Field Hospital Ingleburn, Proof and Experimental Establishment Port Wakefield SA (Artillery), School Of Army Health Healesville, Headquarters 1st Military District Brisbane, 1st Military Hospital Yeronga Qld, 8th/9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, School Of Artillery Manly NSW, 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment Enoggera Qld (armoured corps). Overseas postings and tours include, Australian Rifle Company Butterworth, Malaysia, Riffle Company Brunei, and on Operations in 1995 to Rwanda as part of the United Nations Assistance Mission Rwanda (UNIMIR), where he was a witness to the Kibeho Massacre that occurred in April 1995. Terry was promoted to Staff Sergeant in December 1995. He was diagnosed with Severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1997 as a result of the events he was witness to in Rwanda and was medically discharged in July 1997 nine months short of his 20 years service.